Keeping Your Garden Lush During Drought Season

Aug 18, 2017

During the dry periods of summer, many gardeners across the state are unsure how to keep their gardens full of life during the lack of rainfall. Luckily, there are multiple flowers that can still thrive without much water, as Iowa Master Gardener Coordinator Denny Schrock explains.

"There really are quite a few plants that don't need as much water as others. They are only going to need some water when you get them established at the beginning of the season," Schrock mentions. "For example, my narrow leaf zinnias, I planted them in May, as you normally would expect, and watered them a few times when I planted them. But until last week, I had not watered them all summer long, and they were not wilting until that point."

Some other drought-resistant flowers Denny Schrock recommends are California poppy, cockscomb, dusty miller, geranium, and globe amaranth.

On this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Denny Schrock, takes questions from listeners, and Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron.